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Splash!: A Little Book About Bouncing Back

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Splash the Seal is having a bad day. He doesn’t feel like playing. He doesn’t feel like doing ANYTHING. Splash feels blue. Will he EVER bounce back?

In this warm reminder that hope is always on the horizon, Maria van Lieshout creates the perfect pick-me-up for anyone struggling to bounce back.

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Overview

Splash the Seal is having a bad day. He doesn’t feel like playing. He doesn’t feel like doing ANYTHING. Splash feels blue. Will he EVER bounce back?

In this warm reminder that hope is always on the horizon, Maria van Lieshout creates the perfect pick-me-up for anyone struggling to bounce back.

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Praise for SPLASH! A Little Book About Bouncing Back:

“Set against white backgrounds, the artwork pairs spare lines with blue watercolor washes. Onomatopoeia enlivens the simple text. This tale conveys feelings from a child’s point of view, depicting the way that youngsters perceive their world and suggesting that they can control their destiny. Splash brings sunshine to a gloomy day.” —School Library Journal

“Molly Leach’s design integrates the text into the pictures, guiding the page turns expertly. A wee trim makes this a charmingly intimate read.” —Kirkus Reviews

"The book's chief strength is the interplay of the expressive drawings and the concise text, supported by gutsy typographical treatment...The design, credited to Molly Leach, deserves top marks." —Publishers Weekly

Praise for BLOOM! by Maria van Lieshout:

“As light and sweet as cotton candy, this saga of a pig in love will win over kids and grownups alike. Van Lieshout’s loosely drawn pen and ink illustration, mostly on stark white pages, wring Oscar-winning expressions from the slenderest curves and squiggles . . .Van Lieshout’s deft use of line comes through in Bloom’s distressed dismay, a cross between toddler meltdown and Juliet, which is happily cut short by the attentions of Bloom’s faithful swine swain. This paper-over-board’s stylish design and small square format designate it as a natural for Valentine's Day.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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Not as clever as van Lieshout's Bloom! A Little Book About Finding Love, this small-format, paper-over-board picture book features a seal hero who wakes up feeling sad. With sparse b&w cartoons splashed with blue and yellow and in succinct text, van Lieshout deftly depicts the downhearted seal as he looks out at the horizon, sobbing: "Don't bother rising today, sun." But he feels worse when the sun heeds his request and floats toward him instead. Like a circus seal, Splash bounces the yellow sun higher and higher, eventually pushing it into place and recovering his own spirits: "The sun is up... and so am I." As in Bloom, the book's chief strength is the interplay of the expressive drawings and the concise text, supported by gutsy typographical treatment. Words grow to Brobdingnagian heights ("Why me?" dominates a spread of a miserable Splash alone on a tiny ice floe) and create movement (as in "boing," shown multiply in yellow, in various sizes, to reinforce the bouncing ball). The design, credited to Molly Leach, deserves top marks. All ages. (Oct.)

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In this deceptively simple book, a down-in-the-dumps seal, like many young readers, views things in black and white, in terms of success and failure. Though his friends invite him to play, Splash doesn't feel like swimming. However, when he's challenged to a race, he can't resist and jumps into the water, but the current carries him away, causing the others to laugh at him. Spotting a yellow orb drifting in the distance, he sobs, "Don't bother rising today, sun." As the object floats closer, Splash whispers, "OH, NO...I've brought the sun down." He apologizes and attempts to push it back into the sky, but it keeps coming back to him. However, with every bounce, the "sun shined a bit brighter.... And Splash did, too." The story concludes with Splash's final push and his declaration: "The sun is up...and so am I!" The last spread shows two smiling seals playing beneath a warmed-by-yellow sky. Set against white backgrounds, the artwork pairs spare lines with blue watercolor washes. Onomatopoeia enlivens the simple text. This tale conveys feelings from a child's point of view, depicting the way that youngsters perceive their world and suggesting that they can control their destiny. Splash brings sunshine to a gloomy day.-Marian Creamer, Children's Literature Alive, Portland, OR

Kirkus Reviews

Arctic-dwelling Splash the seal just can't be coaxed by his cheery friend to come out and play or swim. "Leave me alone," he grumbles—and when he consents to race, he loses, aggravating his mortification. Splash even exhorts the sun not to bother to rise—and, oh dear, it doesn't, floating toward him instead. "I'm sorry," he tells it. "Can I lift you back up?" Which he does, bouncing it—BOINGBOINGBOINGBOINGBOING—on his nose until, with one last nudge, "The sun is up … and so am I." The very young audience for whom this sweet but bland story is intended may not get Splash's sudden shift in mood, but they will respond to the illustrations, liquid blue wash and fine lines against an Arctic white background, touched only with the yellow of the sun. Molly Leach's design integrates the text into the pictures, guiding the page turns expertly. A wee trim makes this a charmingly intimate read. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312369149
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
  • Publication date: 9/30/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.31 (w) x 7.14 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Meet the Author

Readers are already falling in love with Maria van Lieshout’s first book for Feiwel and Friends, BLOOM!: A Little Book About Finding Love (January 08). Splash! is her second “little book.” A native of the Netherlands, Maria lives in San Francisco with her husband.

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